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  • Posted on May 20, 2015

    As one of the first wave of federal Pay for Success (PFS) grantees, Third Sector Capital Partners prides itself on going the extra mile to support programs that help at-risk youth and young adults secure a living wage and the employment skills to gain self-sufficiency.

    With a $1.9 million grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in 2014, the Boston-based advisory firm is strengthening the ability of local governments and service providers to implement PFS, a new way of focusing on outcomes. Under a PFS-financed project, the government leverages philanthropic and private dollars so that government pays only after service providers generate tangible results.

    Through its federal award Third Sector is offering technical assistance to seven subrecipients across workforce development, education and social services, working with these agencies to develop their own capacity to implement PFS.

    But in addition to technical assistance, Third Sector is taking innovative steps to promote success of these efforts. Unique among the 2014 SIF PFS grantees, Third Sector is requiring subrecipients to provide matching funds so that these agencies also have a stake in developing effective pay-for-performance models.

    “It’s important for these agencies to have skin in the game,” said Tim Pennell, Third Sector associate director. The cash match may be small – a minimum of $25,000 – but it provides ample evidence of the organization’s commitment to the PFS concept.

    “It means they are putting...

  • Posted on Feb 24, 2014
    By Robert Bisi

     

    AmeriCorps members’ contribution to American education doesn’t end when our students leave for college. By expanding the role of higher education in communities across the United States through service and volunteering, our programs have a huge footprint in higher education, serving at more than 157 institutions across the United States.
  • Posted on Feb 24, 2014
    By CNCS Staff

     

    Corporation for National and Community Service CEO Wendy Spencer participated in a Twitter chat to answer questions about national service and education as part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary celebration. We have made the transcript available on Storify, in case you missed it.
  • Posted on Feb 23, 2014
    By Marlene Saez

     

    The chronically homeless population often utilize hospitals’ emergency rooms to meet their basic health care needs, not only causing public costs to skyrocket but also doing little to address the other mental and behavioral needs of this very vulnerable population.   The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) initiative responds directly to one of the most pressing policy problems currently facing states and the nation as a whole: rising public spending on health care with poor health outcomes.
  • Posted on Feb 19, 2014
    By Tyler Pearson

     

    It’s common knowledge that poverty has been a particularly formidable foe, and its resistance to solutions creates harmful residual effects – especially for children trying to escape its clutches. The Huntsville Network for Urban School Renewal (HNUSR) is working to help children break free of this legacy, and I am proud to be able to contribute to the solution.
  • Posted on Feb 19, 2014
    By CNCS Staff

     

    Do you have questions about national service or AmeriCorps, and the services we provide to improve educational outcomes around the nation? Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service will be taking your questions during her next Twitter chat tomorrow!
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  • Posted on Feb 19, 2014
    By Dana Forde

     

    After her seventh-grade teacher explained the connection between service and the Peace Corps, a 12-year-old Laura Glaub promised to factor service into her own life. Years later, she pursued opportunities that would support her dream of becoming a social worker. A quick online search led her to Partners for After School Success, a multi-site AmeriCorps program that targets middle and high school students.
  • Posted on Feb 17, 2014
    By Wendy Spencer

     

    Iowa can add another “first-in-the-nation” jewel to its crown with today’s announcement by Governor Terry Branstad of the creation of the Governor’s Council on National Service in Iowa.
  • Posted on Feb 16, 2014
    Do you have questions about national service or AmeriCorps, and the services we provide to improve educational outcomes around the nation? Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service will be taking your questions during her next Twitter chat later this week!Join us on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time for a live Twitter Q&A. Here's how it works:
  • Posted on Feb 11, 2014
    By CNCS Staff

     

    As part of the AmeriCorps 20th anniversary, national and local officials visited Stanton Elementary School in Washington, DC, to mark the first anniversary of the School Turnaround AmeriCorps partnership between the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and the Department of Education.
  • Posted on Feb 10, 2014
    By Dana Forde

     

    In the months leading up to her college graduation, Diana Martin sketched a mental blueprint for her future. Her past volunteer work as a summer camp assistant, tutor, and soccer coach all added up to one thing—educating children must be part of that future. And the AmeriCorps program, Diana decided, would help her reach that goal.

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